GIVE YOUR CHILD THE GIFT OF BLACK EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING.

Enroll your child in Freedom Schools Literacy Academy, a 4-week summer literacy intensive program where they will be instructed by Black teachers who can mirror their limitless future.

We’ve designed our curriculum so each young scholar experiences the warmth of belonging, joy of learning, racial pride, and academic confidence as they make leaps in literacy.

VIRTUAL FAMILIES ENROLL YOUR CHILD NOW!

FREEDOM SCHOOLS LITERACY ACADEMY IN ACTION

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Learn more about Freedom Schools Literacy Academy.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Your child must be a rising 1st, rising 2nd, or rising 3rd grader by the summer to participate in FSLA. (This means they are entering those grades in the upcoming school year.) 

We will be hosting in-person programming at Mary McLeod Bethune School and William D. Kelley Elementary. Please note that any School District of Philadelphia student is welcome to participate.

To enroll your child at Bethune, APPLY HERE. 

To enroll your child at Kelley, APPLY HERE. 

To participate in virtual FSLA, please APPLY HERE Students from any school in the country are welcome to participate. 

We encourage families to apply early for FSLA as there are limited spots per grade level! 

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES?

Summer 2024 FSLA in-person will be held from Monday, July 8th through Friday, August 2nd, 2024 from 8:00am through 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. 

Summer 2024 Virtual FSLA will be held from Monday, July 8th through Thursday, August 1st, 2024 from 8:00am through 11:30am EST, Monday through Thursday.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DAILY?

Each day begins with Harambee, a cultural call-and-response practice whereby students engage in affirming chants and cheers. Students engage in Read Aloud as a whole class then split into small groups for differentiated literacy instruction, using a research-backed and evidenced-based curriculum. During their project-based learning block, students create their own social action projects based on community or social issues of their choosing. Before instructional blocks, students participate in Mindfulness activities as fun brain-breaks and ways to center themselves.

For in-person scholars, the afternoon portion of their day is dedicated to enrichment activities like art, theater, dance, or music, to unleash their creative geniuses and potential. In-person scholars also participate in field trips on Fridays.

For more information on what you expect from FSLA, please attend our virtual parent orientation. Date/time coming soon!

HOW MUCH WILL MY CHILD LEARN?

2022 REPORT HIGHLIGHTS:

Majority of young scholars (83%) improved one or more reading levels. Students also significantly improved their ability to read whole words.

Over the five week summer program, we also saw increases in their ability to make correct letter sounds and read with fluency. Positive racial identity also increased among all participants.
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WHAT PARENTS SAY

“Some of us didn’t fully understand the benefits of our children having Black teachers. That all changed after our children attended the Freedom School Literacy Academy.”

“If I could be of any help with Freedom Schools, please let me know. Other than that, it’s been real and please keep going!”

“I really like that different people step up to be site leads. I like that students from college and high school get an internship experience in education. I like that scholars get to do fun stuff.”

“The closing celebration was especially good this year. I appreciate it and all the hard work that was put into it. ”

“Witnessing how much more our children were learning – and how much more they were enjoying their learning – has made the value clear of our Black children having Black teachers – who look like them, love on them, and take the utmost care in teaching them.”